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Canada Iceland Foundation was created as a charitable body by a group of community leaders and organizations in the Icelandic Canadian Community in the late 1940s to fulfill the need for a funding charity to support non-profit cultural and scholarship activities of our community, aside from the organizations that seek funding for their own specific undertakings.  In 1985, the unincorporated Foundation was turned into a charitable corporation.  Over the years, many families have memorialized family members with the establishment of scholarship funds in their names.  This process is ongoing and the Foundation has been fortunate as well, to be remembered in the wills of members of the Icelandic Canadian community.  

Together with members at large, the Board of the Foundation consists of representatives of various community organizations including the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, Icelandic Canadian Frón, Lögberg-Heimskringla, the Icelandic National League of North America, the Jón Sigurdsson Chapter of the IODE, the Icelandic Collection, University of Manitoba Libraries and the Chair of the Department of Icelandic Language and Literature of the University of Manitoba.

Canada Iceland Foundation has been in existence for over 50 years.  It is a registered charity and over the years has received gifts from individuals and estates.

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Members of the CIFI Board of Directors

Tim Samson, Chair
Paul Olafson, Treasurer
Elva Simundsson, Secretary
Tim Arnason, Director
Ken Kristjanson, Director
Bill Perlmutter, Director
Lorna Tergesen, Director
Helga Van Iderstine, Director
Sigrid Johnson representing the U of MB Libraries – Icelandic Collection
Peter John Buchan representing the U of MB Chair of Icelandic Language and Literature
David Gislason representing the Icelandic National League of North America
Connie Magnusson Schimnowski representing the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
Garry Oddleifson representing Lögberg-Heimskringla
Kendra Jonasson representing Jón Sigurdsson Chapter, IODE
*vacant - representative from INL Winnipeg Frón Club